The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
 
Baseball Scoreboard Operator Puts Third "K" Really Far Away From First Two
Originally posted 10/27/2003

NEW YORK - Following Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte's third strikeout in Game 2 of this year's World Series, Yankee Stadium scoreboard operator Frank Bioletti put a third "K" up on the outfield scoreboard, making sure to place it far away from the first two. "I didn't want it to look like 'KKK,'" Bioletti said after the game.

Yankee players and executives were thankful to Bioletti that Game 2 was not marred by any ugly racial incidents. "I can just imagine," said Yankees third baseman Aaron Boone. "What if somebody was at the game, and didn't know that 'K' stood for strikeout in baseball, and then after the third strikeout they looked up and saw 'KKK' on the scoreboard. Why, they might think that the Yankees are racist! That wouldn't be any good."

"When I first got here to the Yankees," said shortstop Derek Jeter, who is half African-American, "I was concerned that they might be a racist organization. However, during one of my first games here, Mr. Bioletti put me at ease by making sure that the third 'K' wasn't anywhere near the other two. Thanks to the peace of mind that gave me, I've gone on to become a future Hall of Famer."

"Just for the record," Bioletti said, "I want to say that I am in no way affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan. I realize that at one point, there were three 'K's up on the scoreboard, even if the third one was way far away from the other two. That was just a coincidence."

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